Tried & True  Make Your Own Super-Big Banner

Here is an inexpensive and fun way to make an oversized banner for a party or special event!  By designing your own banner at home, you can upload it to your local printer (we used FedEx Kinkos) and request it be enlarged and printed on oversized paper. Then it is up to you to make it colorful and festive.DIY-banner-poster


All you need to do is create a document on your computer (or even directly on paper) that contains the black and white images and text that you want to use.   (more…)  

Tried & True  Kids in the Kitchen: Authentic Soft Pretzels



Who knew “artisinal” soft pretzels were trending? I had an incredible soft pretzel at the famous beer bar, the Ginger Man, in NYC recently, and learned that much like bread pudding and cup cakes, soft pretzels are HOT!  Being of German descent, and always looking for kiddo activities, my boys and could not resist this snow day challenge! (more…)  

CMH Studio  Lovely Bunny & Butterfly Pillow by Cheeky Monkey Home

This week we completed a very sweet custom pillow that I want to share with you.  This design combines our bunny and butterfly motifs, surrounded by a sweet scalloped and pom pom edging.  The soft green fabric is a wool flannel that was supplied by our client.

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Inspiration  Amazing Maps for Kids – A World of Learning!

I have a special love for maps—old maps, new maps, and especially beautifully illustrated maps.  I love the colors and the line quality, as well as the wonderful symbols and seafaring lore that adorn some of the older designs.  Maps have been the inspiration for several of my mural projects (and upcoming pillow designs for 2014!), so you can understand why I snapped up this incredible map book as soon as I saw it at the bookstore!